Course Overview

Modern Studies in S2 builds on the knowledge and skills developed in S1.  We aim to provide a wide-ranging insight in current World affairs as well as develop pupils' skills in using sources and data.


Pupils are engaged in a range of activities that support and challenge them at every turn.  Frequent approaches to learning and teaching include; whole-class discussion, group work, individual written work, debates, research projects, presentations and many others.

Course Content

The areas pupils will be studying are:

  • International Terrorism
  • World Superpower: The USA
  • Health & Wealth


Pupils will be assessed continually throughout S1-2. All pupils’ assessments will be recorded in their own ‘Pupil Folio’.  This will be a record of evidence of their achievements throughout S1 and S2 and will be used to determine their level of attainment.



Each unit in S2 has 2 significant pieces of homework that are designed to help develop skills and understanding.  Each unit also has a traditional end of unit assessment, and pupils are expected to prepare for this at home.

Recording and Reporting

Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their own strengths as well as to consider how they can continue to improve their skills.  This is supported by detailed feedback from teachers, who mark work regularly and have frequent conversations with pupils about their progress.

Any causes for concern are discussed at Departmental Meetings and passed on to Support for Pupils if appropriate.